January 14th, 2019

Legislator Pop Quiz

Calling all FCPA members. Have you talked to any legislators about our push for full nutritional rights? Hello, can you hear me. Is this mike on? Hello..  Or how about your stance on PIP repeal - workers comp - licensure or reimbursement frustrations?? This is your livelihood, be your own hometown FCPA lobbyist. Advocate for what you believe.

It’s really easy and still not too late. Although committee weeks are well underway, session officially begins March 5th and lasts for 60 days, so do it when you leave this meeting. Legislators are home the week before it starts, so now is the time to give em a ring at their district office. Mention you’re a FCPA member who supports full nutrition rights for our patients and (fill in the blank) is what you want them to support. Be nice, supportive and treat staff on par with legislators. They are the gatekeepers.

Below is our targeted list of legislators on key committees. Each of the names are direct links to additional on-line information. We also listed the city of their main office and their local phone number. If you are not sure who your legislator is (shame on you), this link  (https://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/Find) will allow you to enter your address and prepare for the pop quiz.

Even if your legislator is not listed below, you should contact them and exercise your free speech rights. Legislators and their staff need to hear from you more than just me.

As your lobbyist, I will be conducting legislator pop quizzes! For the betterment of your profession, I sure hope you can quickly answer the simple question of “Doctor, who are your Legislators?” The next step is contacting them, it’s just that simple.

Don’t fail the legislator pop quiz!

Senate Committee on Health Policy

Chair:Senator Gayle Harrell (R)                                                      Stuart                                                         (772) 221-4019
Vice Chair:Senator Lori Berman (D)                                             Boynton Beach                                        (561) 292-6014

Senator Dennis Baxley (R)                                                                  Lady Lake                                                  (352) 750-3133
Senator Aaron Bean (R)                                                                       Jacksonville                                               (904) 757-5039
Senator Lauren Book (D)                                                                     Plantation                                                 (954) 424-6674
Senator Janet Cruz (D)                                                                                                                                                 (850) 487-5018 (No local office yet)
Senator Manny Diaz, Jr. (R)                                                               Hialeah Gardens                                      (305) 364-3073
Senator Ed Hooper (R)                                                                         Palm Harbor                                             (727) 771-2102
Senator Debbie Mayfield (R)                                                              Melbourne                                                (321) 409-2025
Senator Darryl Ervin Rouson (D)                                                     St. Petersburg                                          (727) 822-6828

Senate Committee on Banking and Insurance

Chair:Senator Doug Broxson (R)                                                    Pensacola                                                 (850) 595-1036
Vice Chair:Senator Darryl Rouson (D)                                         St. Petersburg                                         (727) 822-6828

Senator Jeff Brandes (R)                                                                      St. Petersburg                                         (727) 563-2100
Senator Joe Gruters (R)                                                                        Sarasota                                                    (941) 378-6309
Senator Tom Lee (R)                                                                             Brandon                                                     (813) 653-7061
Senator Keith Perry (R)                                                                        Gainesville                                                (352) 264-4040
Senator Annette Taddeo (D)                                                              Miami                                                         (305) 596-3003
Senator Perry E. Thurston, Jr. (D)                                                   Fort Lauderdale                                       (954) 321-2705

House Health & Human Services Committee

Chair:Rodrigues, Ray Wesley [R]                                                   Fort Myers                                                (239) 433-6501
Vice Chair:Pigman, Cary [R]                                                            Sebring                                                       (863) 386-6000

Brown, Kamia L. [D]                                                                             Ocoee                                                          (407) 905-3806
Burton, Colleen [R]                                                                              Lakeland                                                    (863) 413-2640
Cortes, John [D]                                                                                     Kissimmee                                                (407) 846-5009
DiCeglie, Nick [R]                                                                                  Largo                                                           (727) 588-7090
Duran, Nicholas X. [D]                                                                         Miami                                                        (305) 860-7119
Goff-Marcil, Joy [D]                                                                             Maitland                                                   (407) 623-1010
Grant, Michael [R]                                                                                 Port Charlotte                                        (941) 613-0914
Jones, Shevrin D. "Shev" [D]                                                            West Park                                                 (954) 893-5010
Leek, Thomas J. "Tom" [R]                                                               Daytona Beach                                       (386) 238-4865
Magar, MaryLynn "ML" [R]                                                              Hobe Sound                                             (772) 545-3481
Plakon, Scott [R]                                                                                     Longwood                                                (407) 262-7423
Ponder, Mel [R]                                                                                        Fort Walton Beach                               (850) 833-3713
Roach, Spencer [R]                                                                                 North Fort Myers                                 (850) 717-5079 (no local #)
Slosberg, Emily [D]                                                                                Delray Beach                                          (561) 496-5940
Stevenson, Cyndi [R]                                                                             St. Augustine                                          (904) 823-2300
Yarborough, Clay [R]                                                                             Jacksonville                                            (904) 723-5300

House Health Quality Subcommittee

Chair:Burton, Colleen [R]                                                                   Lakeland                                                  (863) 413-2640
Vice Chair:Plasencia, Rene "Coach P" [R]                                  Titusville                                                  (321) 383-5151                  

Bell, Melony M. [R]                                                                                Fort Meade                                               (863) 285-1101
Beltran, Mike [R]                                                                                    Valrico                                                        (813) 653-7097
Brown, Kamia L. [D]                                                                              Ocoee                                                         (407) 905-3806
Byrd, Cord [R]                                                                                          Jacksonville Beach                                (904) 548-9333
Daniels, Kimberly [D]                                                                           Jacksonville                                             (904) 696-5928
Davis, Tracie [D]                                                                                     Jacksonville                                             (904) 353-2180
Fine, Randy [R]                                                                                        Palm Bay                                                  (321) 409-2017
Plakon, Scott [R]                                                                                      Longwood                                                (407) 262-7423
Rodriguez, Ana Maria [R]                                                                    Doral                                                           (786) 336-1127
Smith, Carlos Guillermo [D]                                                               Winter Park                                              (407) 681-5433
Stark, Richard [D]                                                                                   Weston                                                       (954) 217-0287
Sullivan, Jennifer Mae [R]                                                                   Eustis                                                          (352) 742-6275
Yarborough, Clay [R]                                                                             Jacksonville                                              (904) 723-5300

House Banking and Insurance Subcommittee

Chair:  Stevenson, Cyndi [R]                                                               St. Augustine                                          (904) 823-2300
Vice Chair: Clemons, Sr., Charles Wesley "Chuck" [R]           Jonesville                                                  (352) 313-6542

Aloupis, Jr., Vance Arthur [R]                                                             Miami                                                        (850) 717-5115 (no local #)
Altman, Thad [R]                                                                                     Indian Harbour Beach                        (321) 425-6179
Caruso, Michael A. "Mike" [R]                                                           Boca Raton                                              (561) 750-2396
Diamond, Ben [D]                                                                                    St. Petersburg                                        (727) 552-2747
Drake, Brad [R]                                                                                         DeFuniak Springs                                 (850) 951-0547
Driskell, Fentrice [D]                                                                             Tampa                                                        (850) 717-5063 (no local #)
Duggan, Wyman [R]                                                                               Jacksonville                                             (904) 381-6011
Jones, Shevrin D. "Shev" [D]                                                              West Park                                                 (954) 893-5010
Jacobs, Kristin Diane [D]                                                                      Coconut Creek                                        (954) 956-5600
McClain, Stan [R]                                                                                     Ocala                                                          (352) 732-1313
Perez, Daniel [R]                                                                                      Miami                                                         (305) 442-6800
Valdes, Susan L. [D]                                                                                Tampa                                                        (813) 673-4673
Zika, Ardian [R]                                                                                        Land O’ Lakes                                         (813) 929-1001

FCPA in Tallahassee @ the Capitol

August 29th, 2018
Elections are always interesting in Florida

Elections are always interesting in Florida and last nights primary was another example. The field has been narrowed and there are no more excuses for sitting on the sidelines. Get out and get involved! Also reach out to the below winners and congratulate them on their victory! 

Progressive Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D) shocked the establishment by winning the D Governor primary w 34% to Gwen Graham 31%. Cong. Ron DeSantis (R) defeated Arg/Consumer Adam Putnam 57% to 43% to win the R Governor primary. Bernie Sanders helped Gillum win and Pres. Donald Trump helped DeSantis. Needless to say, it will be another interesting general election in Florida! 

Attorney General = Ashley Moody (R) vs Sean Shaw (D)
Arg/Consumer = Matt Caldwell (R) vs Nikki Fried (D)
CFO = Jimmy Patronis (R) vs Jermery Ring (D)

2 Incumbents lost:
Two sitting legislators lost in the primary from Miami-Dade and there is no general for either; Sen. Daphne Campbell (D) lost in district 38 to new Senator Jason Pizzo and Rep. Roy Hardemon (D) in district 108 lost to new Rep. Dotie Joseph.

Re-elected after primary:
Sen. Bobby Powell (D) (Still has a WRI) - West Palm Beach, district 30
Sen. Gary Farmer (D) (Still have WRI) - Ft. Lauderdale, district   
Rep. Kimberly Daniels (D) - Jacksonville, district 14
Rep. Wengay "Newt" Newton (D) - St. Pete, district 70
Rep. Patricia Hawkins-Williams (D) - Ft Lauderdale, district 92
Rep. Kristin Jacobs (D) - Coconut Creek, district 96
Rep. Jared Moskowitz (D) - Coral Springs, district 97

Newly elected after primary:
Sen. Jason Pizzo (D) - Miami Dade, district 38
Rep. Alex Andrade (R) - Pensacola, district 2
Rep. Melony Bell (R) (Still have WRI) - Bartow, district 56
Rep. Dianne Hart (D) (Still have WRI) - Tampa, district 61
Rep. Susan Valdes (D) (Still have WRI) - Tampa, district 62
Rep. Tina Polsky (D) - Boco Raton, district 81
Rep. Dotie Joseph (D) - Miami, district 108
Rep. James Bush III (D) - Opa Locka, district 109

June 25th, 2018
Already elected target list

OK, FCPA army, we now have a target list of our first officially elected legislators for the 2019 session even though nobody has voted yet!??! How is that possible you say???

Official qualifying ended last week and the below members were re-elected or elected (2 open seats!) without opposition on June 22 at noon! Since nobody choose to run against them, they win by default!!!! There are 40 Senators, but only 20 up for election in 2018. There are 120 Representatives and they are all on the ballot every two years.

Please let us know if you have an existing relationship with any of the below newly elected legislators. If you do, congratulate them on already winning! If you don't, congratulate them on already winning!

Minority-Leader-Designate Audrey Gibson (D) Jacksonville=District 6
Sen. Lauren Book (D) Plantation=District 32
Rep. Brad Drake (R) DeFuniak Springs=District 5
Rep. Halsey BeShears (R) Monticello=District 7
Rep. Ramon Alexander (D) Tallahassee=District 8
Rep. Lorane Ausley (D) Tallahassee=District 9
Rep. Tracie Davis (D) Jacksonville=District 13
Rep. Travis Cummings (R) Orange Park=District 18
Rep. Clovis Watson (D) Gainesville=District 20
Rep. Sam Killebrew (R) Winter Haven=District 41
Rep. John Cortes (D) Kissimmee=District 43
Rep. Kamia Brown (D) Ocoee=District 45
Rep. Ben Diamond (D) St. Pete=District 68
Rep. Micheal Grant (R) Port Charlotte=District 75
Rep. Al Jacquet (D) West Palm Beach=District 88
Joseph Casello (D) Boynton Beach=District 90 (Berman open seat)
Rep. Emily Sloseberg (D) Delray Beach=District 91
Rep. Bobby DuBose (D) Ft. Lauderdale=District 94
Anika Omphroy (D) Lauderdale=District 95 (Russell open seat?)
Rep. Evan Jenne (D) Hollywood=District 99
Rep. Joe Geller (D) Dania Beach=District 100
Rep. Shev Jones (D) West Park=District 101
Rep. Sharon Pritchett (D) Miramar=District 102
Rep. Richard Stark (D) Weston=District 104
Rep. Barbara Watson (D) Miami Gardens=District 107
Speaker-Designate Jose Oliva (R) Hialeah=District 110
Minority-Leader-Designate Kionee McGhee (D) Culter Bay=District 117​

Hello FCPA members! As a reminder, my name is Ron Watson and I was hired to represent the FCPA before both the Legislature and the Board of Chiropractic Medicine. I have learned a lot about your profession already and am excited to learn more so I can effectively keep fighting for you.

May 11th, 2018
And the Education Begins...

Your lobbyist (me!) attended the Tallahassee "Open Seat" Candidate interviews held by the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists to preach about the FCPA and our drive to reform Florida Chiropractic law.

I sat with a group of about 20 lobbyists who interviewed each candidate for about 30 minutes per. Over two days we met and talked to 15 candidates for offices ranging from Attorney General to Agriculture Commissioner, but was mostly focused on open House seats in Florida. Open House seats included House district(s) 1 & 2 near Pensacola, HD(s) 10 & 15 near Jacksonville, HD 32 in Leesburg, HD 73 near Sarasota and HD 83 in Port St. Lucie.

All of these candidate heard a brief explanation of how "Vitamin C is Vitamin C, No Matter How you Take it" and they also were handed a glossy brochure to take with them!! 

Future locations include Tampa, Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale and Jacksonville. Let the education continue!!!

May 15th, 2018
Nutrition Education Shifts to the Board

Your lobbyist will be attending the below noticed Board of Chiropractic Medicine meeting near Orlando this Friday on behalf of the FCPA!  At this meeting, we will announce and start the education/information campaign on Chiropractic Physicians being able to deliver proper nutrition to their patients. If anybody is bored on a Friday and wants to join me, see the below details.

The Florida Board of Chiropractic Medicine will hold a meeting on Friday, May 18, 2018, commencing at 8:30 a.m.  This meeting will be held at the Embassy Suites, 4955 Kyngs Health Road, Kissimmee, Florida 34746, (407) 597-4112, to which all persons are invited to attend. Participants in this public meeting should be aware that these proceedings are being recorded and that an audio file of the meeting will be posted to the board’s website.

Agenda can be found here:

January 7th, 2019
FCPA is on a roll again

After starting from nothing just a few years ago the FCPA has taken the chiropractic world by storm and become a leader in policy making and expanding the rights of all DCs.
We are so excited to tell you that Ron Watson, our lobbyist is sitting down with the legal attorneys in the State of Florida today to begin the task of finalizing the verbiage the FCPA will introduce this session that will allow the DC to offer full nutrition without restrictions.
Other states have seen the writing on the wall as to what can happen if our Federal Government (in all of its wisdom) passes laws that restrict consumer nutritional supplements; labeling them as prescriptive drugs.  

I hear that just recently Canada has relabeled basic amino acid supplements as legend drugs. This is nuts and the FCPA knows this. We have to stand up and take control of our basic rights as a physician now or lose more rights in the future.
It is time to get back what we had in the past;
full nutritional rights.

Ron is working hard for you at this very moment. We are about to join the host of other states that have expanded their rights. Ohio realized the potential problems of nutritional restrictions last year and because of that they expanded their laws as the FCPA is working hard to do in Florida.

Help us help you.

Be cautious who and what chiropractic association you support. There are others that smile in your face... They are the back stabbers.
You know the tune. Back stabbers. 

The FCPA is focused, true to our convictions and is here only to help you. We do not have any high dollar Executive Secretaries, no high dollar CEO's or any paid executives. We are a voluntary association that gets the job done without costing you much of anything.  
We ever offer free CE seminars at times. 
We are the FCPA... Unlike any other.
Let's get the job done this legislative session. 


July 23rd, 2018
​Primaries are heating up!

Damn it's hot! As the summer temperatures rise, so does the heat in primary campaign season. This is your lobbyists fair warning on the non-stop advertising and direct mail coming your way.

In just over a month, the major parties will choose who will represent them in the November elections. There are 5 Ds (Graham, Levine, Green, Gillum and King) and 2 Rs (Putnam and DeSantis) running for Governor. Several other statewide Cabinet Posts, including Attorney General and Agriculture/Consumer Services have hotly contested primary races. Many, many legislative offices as well may be all but decided after the primary. Who will come out on top?!? More importantly, who is good for Chiropractic advancement?!!? Do you even know? Do you care?

Tuesday, August 28th is the official day to vote in the primary, but early voting can begin up to two weeks beforehand depending upon where you live. Make sure your are registered to vote by July 31st if you want to participate in the primary elections. However, in Florida's closed primary system, Independent(s) or NPA (No Party Affiliation) registered voters are not allowed to vote in the primary. (I agree, that is total BS!)

As the ole Rush song says, "If I choose not to decide, I still have made a choice." Choose to decide, get registered and vote!!
I know it is damn hot, but before you vote, know where they stand and then offer a helping hand! 

End of Session Summary​

The 2018 Legislative Session came to a close on Sunday March 11th, instead of the scheduled “sine die” of Friday, March 9th. This was due to the mandatory 72 hour cooling off period for a final vote on the budget. This delay was partly due to session being engulfed by the horrific shooting deaths of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School in Parkland. Because of the tragedy and response, a bill (SB 7026) did barely pass (20-18 in the Senate and 67-50 in the House) with gun restrictions that included a 3 day waiting period, raising the minimum age to 21 to purchase, and banning bump stocks. The bill also included mental health funding, school hardening and a controversial proposal to arm teachers. Emotions were raw with the most liberal democrats complaining it didn’t go far enough and conservative republicans opposing the bill for going too far.

As noted above, the legislative Session was extended until March 11th to approve the final conference report on the $89 billion budget. The extension of session applied only to budget matters, so all other pending bills died on Friday evening when they adjourned. The 2018-19 budget was quickly received and signed by Governor Scott. It contained his smallest veto list since he became Governor of only $64 million.

The 2018 session had even fewer bills passing (196) than did the 2017 session (231), which was the smallest in over a decade. With the late focus on Parkland, many other major issues were left on the table which included; gambling, workers compensation, and sexual harassment, to name a few. However, both Senate President Joe Negron and Speaker Richard Corcoran did manage to pass their education priorities.

The good news!

After four years of trying, the Direct Primary Care bill (HB 37), that includes chiropractic physicians in the definition of primary care practitioner finally passed the legislature and is heading to Governor Scott's desk. The Governor has 15 days to act once he receives the bill. He can sign the bill, let it become law without his signature or he could veto the bill. Having Chiropractic Physicians included in the definition of primary care is a big deal. This new physician/patient relationship cuts out the insurance company and might just be the new thing in Chiropractic medicine!

PIP repeal is dead! This was another successful major battle during 2018 session; however, we can expect it to return year after year. The 2018 Senate version was better than the House since it at least included the $5,000 Med Pay provision. We had the Med Pay language amended to include non-hospital practitioners, including chiropractic physicians before it was killed in committee. The insurance companies, trial lawyers and health care practitioners will continue this battle, but at least we are at the table, throwing punches.

Work still needed!

The pursuit of nutritional equality is just beginning and as Rod always says, Vitamin C is Vitamin C regardless of route. We made good progress with some of the health care legislators, but were not quite able to get our amendment passed onto a bill. As we head into the 2019 session, we will be attempting to file our own stand-alone bill which will elevate your profession and help you help your patients!

The FCPA had a good first year lobbying in Tallahassee, but we want to have an excellent year in 2019. This means getting better organized and participating in the election process. The FCPA goal is to have a FCPA member assigned to every Senator and Representative as their Key Contact and go-to person for everything Chiropractic!

And remember, now that the 2018 session is finally over, Everyone’
s "life, liberty or property are safe"!​

June 5th, 2018
FCPA is getting noticed, everywhere!

The FCPA profile continues to rise as we blanket the state with our education campaign for nutritional rights in Florida. The "Vitamin C is Vitamin C, No Matter How You Take It" campaign has recently interviewed dozens of "open seat" legislative candidates in Orlando and Tampa. Our brochures are handed to every candidate with a brief explanation of our upcoming legislative efforts. Details will be provided later to those who are fortunate enough to get elected.

We head to Ft Lauderdale next week for more candidate interviews and to host a FCPA dinner for Rep. Shev Jones (D), who is the previous ranking D member of the House Health Care Quality Subcommittee. Help the FCPA get noticed by being there on June 12th, which will help support your patients and practice. 

December 11th, 2018

The December week of scheduled legislative committee meetings for the 2019 session has evolved into more of a 101 training and education time. Only the Senate has Appropriations meetings scheduled for Wednesday and no bills will be heard. We are still awaiting House committee assignments. 
The House training sessions include budget, ethics, bill drafting, rules and specific topics like Medicaid and Education. My favorite, “Things I wished someone told me when I started” is focused on the freshman. 
Today, the Senate will hear an ethics presentation by their General Counsel and will host a memorial service for Sen. Dorothy Hukill who passed away in October. 
Your lobbyist is “training” to get their attention this week and in the mist of their education, is also giving the 101 on Chiropractic nutrition.
The FCPA is conducting our own “Things I wish someone told me when I started” tour. 
On an additional note
New Governor Appoints Health and Wellness Transition Advisory Committee.
More than 50 people have been appointed to a newly created Transition Advisory Committee on Health and Wellness. The committee will be co-chaired by Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez and former Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Alan Levine.
This committee will advise newly elected Gov. Ron DeSantis and his transition team as they develop their plans to implement his "vision of empowering patients and expanding provider reach, fighting addiction and mental health problems and protecting Florida’s most vulnerable populations while lowering costs and respecting taxpayers’ money."
Members of the Transition Advisory Committee on Health and Wellness are listed below:

Dr. MICHAEL ALESSANDRI; Executive Director for Autism and Related Diseases
MARIA ALONSO; COO, Citrus Health Network
BRYAN ANDERSON; VP of Government Affairs, HCA Healthcare 
Dr. JOSE 'PEPE' ARMAS; Founder, Chairman & CEO, MCCI Medical Group  
GABRIELLE BARGERSTOCK; Florida Executive Director, Nurse-Family Partnership  
ANN BARNHART; CEO, Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center  
JASON BARRETT; CEO, Flagler Hospital  
Dr. SAMIRA BECKWITH; President & CEO, Hope Healthcare  
ABIGAIL BEEBE; Chair, Executive Council of The Florida Bar Family Law Section  
CHARLES BENDER; Founding CEO & Board Member, Place of Hope  
THAD BESHEARS; Co-Owner & COO, Simpson Nurseries  
Dr. ANDY BOROM; Orthopedic Surgeon, Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic  
TARREN BRAGDON; President & CEO, Foundation for Government Accountability  
The Honorable JASON BRODEUR; former Chairman, Florida House of Representatives Health and Human Services Committee  
AUDREY BROWN; President & CEO, Florida Association of Health Plans  
NANCY BRYAN; President & CEO, BioFlorida  
Dr. CHRISTOPHER CARD; Chief of Community-Based Care, Eckerd Connects  
GLEN CASEL; CEO, Community Based Care of Central Florida  
GLEN FEINGOLD; Executive Vice President & COO, MCNA Dental  
AURELIO FERNANDEZ; President & CEO, Memorial Healthcare System  
Dr. EDWARD FIDALGO; OB/GYN, South Miami Hospital and Mercy Hospital  
The Honorable RENÉ GARCÍA; Executive Vice President, New Century Partnership  
Dr. VIKRAM GOPAL; Physician, Borland Groover  
JIM HILL; President, Florida Juvenile Justice Association   
NELSON HINCAPIE; President & CEO, Voices for Children Foundation  
ROY H HINMAN II, M.D., Colonel, US Army (Ret.)
SCOTT HOWELL; Vice President of Internal & External Affairs, Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence  
ROSLIND HUDSON; Divisional Vice President, Behavioral Health Division, Universal Health Services  
CHRIS JACOBS; Founder & CEO, Juniper Research Group   
EDWARD JIMENEZ; CEO, University of Florida Health Shands  
Dr. STEVEN JOHNSON; President & CEO, Health First  
KURT KELLY; CEO, Florida Coalition for Children  
Dr. DAVID KENIGSBERG; President, Broward County Medical Association  
Dr. NARENDRA KINI; CEO, Nicklaus Children's Health System  
NICOLE de LARA PUENTE; CEO, Live Like Bella Childhood Cancer Foundation  
Dr. KEN LAWSON; Owner & Optometrist, Bayshore Eye Care  
BEN LEON; CEO, Leon Medical Centers  
REBECCA MATTHEWS; CEO, Florida Healthy Kids  
DAVID R. MAYMON; Founder, Advocate Home Care  
GRACI McGILLICUDDY; Chair, Board of Directors, All Star Children's Foundation  
CARLOS MIGOYA; President & CEO, Jackson Health System
JOSEPH MITCHELL; CEO, Summit Care and Member, American Health Care Association Board of Governors
JOE MULLANY; Regional President & CEO, Bayfront Health
DEB OBERMAN; Vice President Public Affairs, Humana  
Dr. EDUARDO OTERO; Regional Vice President, South Region, Florida Market, MEDNAX Pediatrix Medical Group  
Dr. JASON PIROZZOLO; Director of Sports Medicine and Trauma, Orlando Hand Surgery Associates  
Dr. JIM RUBENSTEIN; Co-Founder & Radiation Oncologist, 21st Century Oncology  
SUZANNE SEWELL; President & CEO, Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities  
Dr. DAVID SHAPIRO; Board Member, Florida Society of Ambulatory Surgery Centers  
ANDREW SMITH; Senior Vice President of External Affairs, Surterra Wellness  
TIM STAPLETON; CEO, Florida Medical Association  
ROGER STEVENS; CEO, Westminster Communities of Florida  
MIKE WATKINS; CEO, Big Bend Community Based Care  
Dr. ZACH ZACHARIAH; President, Fort Lauderdale Heart Institute​

November 7th, 2018
​20-1 Wins Championships, regardless of Red or Blue!!

Whether you were for the Red/Blue team or happy/sad at the results of last nights election, the FCPA kicked arse with its political assistance going 20-1 in Florida legislative races. Yes, I said 20-1. Let me say it again 20-1. We mainly focused on open seats, but also helped a couple of key incumbents. The FCPA has a lot more friends going to Tallahassee than before the election!

Blue Wave ???  - Florida actually has a Red Tide! (bad pun)

A historically high mid-term election turn-out defied the traditional polls yet again in Florida with a Republican victory in all statewide elections.

This included defeating a sitting US Senator (Scott over Nelson-{recount}), a clean sweep of the 4 Cabinet Seats (Governor=DeSantis, Attorney General=Moody, Chief Financial Officer=Patronis and Commish of Agriculture=Caldwell-{recount}). However, there was one loss in Congressional ranks as US Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R) of Miami lost.

Additionally, both the Florida House and Senate still remain under Republican leadership as well, although the Ds picked up one Senate seat (re-count) and a net 5 House seats (re-count). They were scared of losing 4 or 5 Senate seats and up to 14 or 15 House seats.

However, Florida law requires a re-count if the final results are within .5% points. There will be at least 4 re-counts:

US Senate = Rick Scott (R) is ahead of Bill Nelson by 34,435 votes out of 8.1 million cast
Arg Commish = Matt Caldwell (R) is ahead of Nikki Fried by 16,937 votes out of 7.98 million cast
State Senate 18 = Sen. Dana Young (R) is trailing Rep. Janet Cruz by 289 votes out of 207,057 cast
State House 26 = Can. Fetterhoff (R) leads Incumbent Rep. Henry by 72 votes out of 61,038 cast

Only one incumbent State Senator is losing (Sen. Young (R) Tampa) and they did not lose any open State Senate seats!

Five incumbent State House members lost, 2 Ds and 3 Rs. The 2 Ds that lost were from the Daytona area and Miami. The 3 Rs that lost were from Tampa and 2 in Orlando.​

August 15th, 2018
All I have to say is the FCPA rocks!!

Another great meeting in Orlando and another awesome opportunity to speak with so many Chiropractic Physicians in person. It always re-energizes me to be around so many professionals coming together to continue their education and talk about the future.

Let's get some laws changed in 2019, so let's start planning yesterday.

By the time of the Ft. Lauderdale FCPA conference in November, the elections will be over and we will know all 120 House members and 40 Senators. Will you have contacted any of the winners between now and then?!? Did you help in their campaign by writing checks or donating sweat equity?!!? Have you talked to them about our push for proper nutrition, i.e. "Vitamin C is Vitamin C No Matter How You Take It"?!!? 

Remember, we need to build the FCPA nutritional education army one solider at a time and we need hand-to-hand combat at the local level, NOW. The Primary election is August 28 and the General Election is November 6. Get involved yesterday and tell me how you rocked it when we meet again in Ft. Lauderdale!!!​

February 15th, 2019

SB 1078 Chiropractic Vitamin Injections Filed!!!

The FCPA would like to thank Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Pete) for filing our language in SB 1078 for the 2019 session. We certainly have our hands full, as we are being opposed by some in your own profession and many others. Now is the time to tell your legislator to support full chiropractic nutrition rights contained in SB 1078. Stay tuned, the 2019 battle has just begun!

SB 1078: Chiropractic Medicine


Chiropractic Medicine;Authorizing chiropractic physicians who have completed specified training to administer articles of natural origin; authorizing licensed pharmacists to fill such chiropractors’ orders for articles of natural origin; revising provisions relating to continuing chiropractic education requirements to authorize specified continuing education hours to be completed online, etc.Effective Date:7/1/2019
Last Action:2/14/2019 Senate - Filed
Bill Text: Web Page|PDF

April 9th, 2018
Lobbyist update

So with the 2018 Legislative session now complete, what does your lobbyist do next?!? We hit the ground spreading the "Vitamin C is Vitamin C regardless of route" message for 2019, of course! Starting with Department of Health (DOH) - Board of Chiropractic Medicine members and then moving onto prospective legislative candidates. Education, education and more education.

On April 23, I will speak at DOHs Medical Quality Assurance Long-Range planning meeting in Tallahassee. This day long planning meeting gathers all DOH leadership, healthcare board members and professional associations. They will hear about our movement for nutrition equality and proper patient care, but they will also see the FCPA is stepping up its game and plans to be a force moving forward.

Starting in early May and running through mid June, I will be traveling the state attending the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists (FAPL) candidate interviews. FAPL targets all Florida Legislative "open" seats where there will be a brand new legislator. We invite all announced open seat candidates, both Rs and Ds, and interview them in half hour time slots over a two day period. It is a great opportunity to educate as well as introduce FCPA issues.  

Depending upon how things shake out, there could be as many as 34 of 120 open House seats (28%) and possibly 7 of 40 open Senate seats (18%).  Cities include Tallahassee, Orlando, Jacksonville, Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami.

And this is just the beginning!! Stay tuned....

December 12th, 2018
Why Do You Need Injectable Nutrients?

Ok, DCs... 
Why do you need injectable Nutrients in your practice or in your neighbor's?
Many reasons for sure.  
"In some cases, the best form of delivery of nutrients is through intravenous or intramuscular injection. This may be because: large doses, if taken orally, may adversely affect the gut; the person may have problems with absorption; the best form of the nutrient may not be well tolerated if taken orally; or a rapid response is needed, which may not be achieved through oral supplementation."
Are you tired of license limits?
The FCPA is!
This small license change will open many, many doors to all DC's. We had this law in the '50s and it is time to get it back.
The list of conditions you could treat and the list of CPT codes you could use is really wild.
Join us as we bring the future to you by going to the past.

Roderic A. Lacy MD, DC
Retired DC
Licensed General Medicine

October 2nd, 2018
​So What the Hell Happened?? And what did you do??

As I write this update its early October (printing deadlines and all). When you read this; however, we will all know what happened in the Nov. 6 elections. But as of now, nobody really knows what the hell is going to happen?!?  Most polls are tight, and well, Florida is Florida. Many statewide elections are decided by razor thin margins in certain pockets spread around the state. However, many legislative districts are quite predictable with only a few jump balls.  

Was there a blue wave or more of a ripple in Florida and where?  How were down ballot races affected?  Did independents stay home?  Did we replace a 20+ year sitting US Senator (Bill Nelson-D) with a R Governor (Rick Scott)? And in the same election could we have the first D Governor in over 20+ years? 

All I know for sure right now is we have a new Governor, a new Attorney General, a new Chief Financial Officer and Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner.  Or, in other words, a complete new Cabinet. There are new Senators and new Representatives, but who are they says early October Ron? Duhhh, says mid November Ron!

What did you do?!!? is the question early October Ron AND mid November Ron still has now! Anything?!!? Did you help them when they needed your help?!!? Did you ask them if they supported nutrition rights for your patients when you were helping them?

I will continue gathering this information and trying to assign at least one FCPA member to each and every legislator. This "Key Contact" chiropractic physician program will help us in the hand to hand combat of bettering your laws in Florida. We have to properly educate new and existing legislators.

Remember, your lobbyist cannot do it alone. I hope you invested in your profession by participating in the election. 

At least when you read this, we know what the hell happened and all of our dance partners moving forward.

May 1st, 2018
Candidate Update

Let the "Open Seat" Education Begin!!

Starting May 2nd, 2018 in Tallahassee, I will be participating in the first round of two day "open seat" legislative candidate interview(s) around the state with the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists (FAPL). Yes, even us lobbyists in Florida, have an association looking out  for our interests.

"Open seat" means no incumbent legislators will be interviewed, unless they are seeking a new position. Most of these candidates are newbies or blank slates as far as their understanding of specific issues at this stage in their desire to become legislators. What a great opportunity to educate before biases become ingrained. Each candidate will receive a detailed brochure and will hear all about the FCPA's drive to help your patients with nutrition advances in law. They will all hear Rod's tag line of "Vitamin C is Vitamin C! No matter how you take it!

While many of these candidates will not make it all the way to Tallahassee, some of them will win and they will remember the FCPA and our drive for reform. Future cities over the next 45 days for interviews include Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, Ft Lauderdale and Miami.

Stay tuned and let the education begin of the next potential freshman legislative class!!

November 21st, 2018
The Legislative Organizational session happened yesterday in Tallahassee. What is that you ask? 

Our Constitution requires all newly elected legislators be sworn into office two weeks after winning. They also announce some leadership positions and approve the new rules, which can change every two years. In a rare occurrence, with a late election it happened the Tuesday of Thanksgiving week. 

Being sworn into office is a memorable moment shared by family and friends, especially the first timers. Your FCPA lobbyist was on the job to personally congratulate long time friends, but also focused on our friendly first timers! 

When shaking hands and kissing babies, I reminded them a Chiro bill is coming. Legislators return on Dec. 11 to start the first week of committee meetings. We should know all new committee assignments by then and will start educating specific legislators. They return for two weeks in Jan., three weeks in Feb. and then the 60 day session starts March 6. Stay tuned!

I am thankful to represent your profession  and wish each and everyone reading this a Happy Thanksgiving w family and friends. Gobble, Gobble!

February 20th, 2019

FCPA Bill Tracking Chart

Below is a link to FCPA bill tracking chart for the 2019 session for bills filed to date.